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Parents Who Immigrated Illegally Request Guardians for their U.S. Children

Posted By Castellanos & Associates, APLC || 10-Mar-2017

Parents who came to the United States illegally and fear deportation, given the current political climate of Trump’s administration, are taking measures to ensure the safety of their children by inundating immigration services with requests to secure temporary guardianship for their children if they are indeed deported.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) has been receiving at least 10 requests per day from parents who are eager to find care for their children. This number is a dramatic increase compared to the 2 requests per month the same advocacy group used to receive only a year ago. These numbers are not surprising, however, considering the administration’s aggressive attitude toward immigration laws.

If these parents are deported and unable to obtain temporary guardianship for their children, they could end up in foster care, which is a big fear for many. Despite President Obama having been dubbed “deporter in chief”, it was not likely that both parents would be deported during his administration, allowing children to remain with at least one parent.

According to a 2016 study by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), approximately five million children under the age of 18 are living with at least one parent who entered the country illegally. 79% of those children are U.S. citizens.

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